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This historical survey tells the remarkable story of the development of bird art through the ages, from the early, skilfully executed and decorative but often fanciful, images of birds, through the ages of exploration and increasing knowledge of the world's avifauna, to modern approaches to capturing the essence of these freest of all creatures on the page or canvas. The outstanding selection of images from the unrivalled collection of the Natural History Museum, some of them never reproduced before in a popular book, include exquisitely crafted works from some of the most famous natural history artists ever published. They are complemented by detailed, lively text, which interweaves ornithological science, art history, biography, travel and other aspects of the subject to paint a vivid picture of the artists and the birds they painted, with fascinating details of the lives of both. Beautifully illustrated with original artworks from some of the most renowned artists; including Audubon, Gould, MacGillivray, and Bauer.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781902686394
ISBN-10: 190268639X
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 265mm x 31mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Scriptum Editions
Publisher: London Scriptmate Editions
Publish Date: 8-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jonathan Elphick

Jonathan Elphick studied zoology at university, and since graduating has worked for 35 years as a natural history writer, editor, consultant, lecturer and broadcaster, specialising in ornithology. The many books and magazine articles on birds which he has written or contributed to include a highly acclaimed field guide to the birds of Britain and Ireland, now in its second edition as The Birdwatchers' Handbook (BBC Worldwide, 2001), it won Bird Watching Magazine's 1997 award for the best field guide to the birds of this region. Jonathan, who has travelled extensively to study birdlife, was recently elevated to Scientific Fellowship of the Zoological Society of London in recognition of his services in popularising zoology. The Natural History Museum in London, is a repository for some of the most significant, exciting and comprehensive collections of natural science specimens, original artworks and literature to be found anywhere in the world. It holds 68 million specimens, some several centuries old; close to half a million works of art on paper, comprising one of Britain's biggest art collections and representing all the great natural history artists; and one million books, including rare, richly illustrated antique volumes. Together they constitute an unrivalled resource consulted daily by scientists and scholars worldwide.

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